With one-third of the average American’s wake life being spent on their phones, I’m very interested in how our devices play a role in the way people interact with others. The way we engage imagery and consume information. On the internet, there’s this “uncanny valley” that’s fascinating, a sort of hyperreality. The idea that something is so real, but not quite, can be very unsettling and disturbing. This begs the question, “where humanity and society are going?”
I’m not looking to critique this, rather to create a platform for debate. So, I decided to take these giant fleshy, flaccid paintings called CHUNKISM and travel around the US, confronting the public. These Fleshscapes dropped in a casual everyday setting, shakes things up! Getting people thinking what reality is, what it means. It doesn’t matter if the viewer understands what they are experiencing, because a seed is planted on a visceral and subconscious level. You’re forced to rethink. Questioning is good.
The reactions are very funny, serious and interesting as hell. At the Inaugural Fried Chicken Festival last year, in New Orleans, a voluptuous women yells,”Big Booty Tootie” and starts grinding on my 8 foot painting. You can see the videos of these performances at:
“While the U.S. did not lead global markets in terms of amount of time spent on social media networks, it was far and away the highest consumer of monthly data, spending the most time per day on their phones with a staggering 4.7 hours. Considering that the average American is awake for just over 15 hours a day (seeing as we sleep for an average of eight hours and 42 minutes), this means that we spend approximately a third of our time on our phones.”